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Join our gang – it's grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drainRow of cute creatures in grate pictured in California
Raccoons were caught in the act by passing motorist
22:52 GMT, 27 December 2012
They tend to make their beds in the hollow of a tree. But these baby raccoons seem quite happy to keep an eye out for Davy Crockett types from the safety of this road grate in the Big City.
The trio were spotted poking their heads over the drain by motorist Anthony Richards in California when he stopped at traffic lights.
Raccoons have increasingly made their way into towns and cities in the U.S. since the 1950s, but urban raccoon populations are frequently underestimated because people seldom see them during the day as they are nocturnal.
Peek-a-boo: These three little racoons popped up in California over the Christmas period and were snapped by a motorist
According to the department of Animal Care and Control for the County of Los Angeles, raccoons are attracted to urban areas by the easy accessibility of food, water and shelter.
They may be cute but they can damage buildings, gardens, fruit trees, lawns and bins and carry carry diseases and parasites.
As well as in hollow trees, raccoons make their dens in drainpipes, homes, apartment buildings, under decks and in storage buildings.
Moving to the city: More and more raccoons have made their way into urban areas since the fifties